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King PilsBock

Formerly brewed at King Brewery
Style: Heller Bock
Nobleton, Canada
Serve in Dimpled mug, Stein


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RATINGS: 29   MEAN: 3.09/5.0   WEIGHTED AVG: 3.03/5   SEASONAL: Special   IBU: 38   EST. CALORIES: 195   ABV: 6.5%
One-of-a-kind Pilsner/Bock Hybrid 6.5% alc./vol. The first of its kind in the world, and King Brewery’s newest addition, KING PILSBOCK is the unique hybrid creation of expert and award winning Brewmaster Phil DiFonzo. After years of homebrewing accolades, the nurturing of his very own craft brewery to fruition, two feature beers, and continuing acclaim and awards (including 3 consectutive Canadian Brewing Awards gold medals for King Pilsner), DiFonzo was destined to push the boundaries of brewing yet again, this time by blending two of his favourite recipes. This high-alcohol (6.5%), seasonal beer is a polished golden coloured lager that transcends beer styles, in effect defining a new one. Aromatic and crisp, with a hint of caramel, sturdy malt flavour compliments a definite hops presence, leading to a lingering and complex finish. In the works for the last few years now, KING PILSBOCK continues to solidify King Brewery as brewers of both world class lagers, and ultra-premium beer.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
Radek Kliber (7165) - Toronto (Can) Krotoszyn (Pol), POLAND - MAY 27, 2007
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Good deep gold, clear lager . Medium fine creamy top, fine ornamental lace.
Light, clean malty aroma, light hoppy accents with fruity touches.
Medium bodied, grainy front. Rich malty middle spiced with gentle herbal hops. Think of Czech Pils powered up . Bock like fruity malts. Neat softness behind. Potent lager that is pleasure to have.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 12/20
probstblueribbon (3726) - Nepean, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 21, 2007
341 mL bottle from brewery, served cold in a tulip glass.

App.: Clear, deep golden, with a smallish off-white head (foamy). Aroma: Strong cereal/grain, some herbaceous, peppery hops; hints of sweeter malts – caramel and toffee. Very much a Pilsner aroma, especially cold. Palate: Medium bodied, somewhat syrupy, medium carbonation. Flav.: More bock-like here: some sweet and roasted malts, a hint of dark dried fruit; a bit of the floral/peppery hops; finishes fairly dry with moderate bitterness and a bit of burnt sugar.

Certainly interesting, but not mind-blowing.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 8/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 14/20
DerWeg (1595) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 29, 2007
UPDATED: MAR 26, 2010 >>>>> ** NEW RATING *** >>>> Rich pale matly tones and fruit, lemon, good lager edge, honest earthy green hops, notable alcohol is warming and pleasant, aroma is subdued with light sweetness alcohol and yeast, has a great body and needs to be sipped, it has gotten a lot better perhaps >>> OLD VERSION RATING >>>> DRAUGHT, BEERBISTRO. Noble hops crown this well-crafted light bock beer from King. The malt flavorings lack definition or else they ’fight’ the hopping. Overall a bit jumbled tasting and tedious to sip on. Me like King Dark. Me like simple. 7/3/6/2/9 = 2.7

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 2/5   OVERALL 10/20
tomthompson89 (1980) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 25, 2007
golden yellow, little to no head, hops little sweet malts and alcohol on the nose, kinda grassy. kinda over the top alcohol on this on. ok brew

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 5/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 11/20
mabel (8640) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 19, 2007
[245-20070329] Tap @ Volo (Toronto, ON). Toasty grains and hops aroma with medium alcohol. Clear, deep golden yellow body with average rising small bubbles and a medium-lasting foamy white head. Flavour is still grainy hops with a bitter aftertaste. Medium body is pretty rough. OK togetherness but overly gravelly. Enh.

   AROMA 7/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 14/20
shintriad (701) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - APR 18, 2007
Not sure it accomplishes the uniqueness it claims, but it is a good beer. Very light in colour, grainy, some noble hops in the nose but it’s mostly sweet and a bit of that alcohol bite. A cool experiment that didn’t go awry.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
Nekronos (4111) - Xalapa, MEXICO - APR 15, 2007
Good, nice bock without too much alcoholic tatse. I like the amber colour and good foam. MAlty but not too bitter though.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 4/5   TASTE 7/10   PALATE 4/5   OVERALL 15/20
Slacks (615) - Bolton, Ontario, CANADA - JAN 4, 2007
UPDATED: APR 21, 2007 341ml Bottle fromn the Brewery: Here’s my story - I visited the brewery, told them I had it at Volo. They weren’t happy, it was well out of date and not to be drank. Promised they’d have some the end of March. And so I returned, and indeed got some. It is much better fresh and new, and it truly grows on you. Get at least 12, the last six will be better than the first. But enjoy them quickly, like most King products; like teen stars they don’t age well. Aroma is much the same - malty, grainy, and present alcohol. The flavour is vastly improved. Sweet, nutty, grainy, hints of bubblegum and caramel in the aftertaste. The entire thing is covered in a swath of booze that reminds you you’re drinking a strong beer. Simple grassy aftertaste, leaves you wanting more. Nice work!<P> Original Rating 07/01/04: 6/4/6/3/13 341ml Bottle @ Volo: I almost wet myself with excitement when I found this bottle in the Volo fridges last night. As a fan of the brewery I had sadly come to terms with the fact I’d never taste it, so t’was a good night. Pours golden in colour, a hue or two darker than their Pils, with a good sized white foam head offering great lacing and retention. Aroma is sweet with malts, quite grainy, and a good amount of present alcohol. The taste is very strong, grainy, elements of straw, sweet from the malts with heavy alcohol and generous portion of (I think) Saaz hops. I would say my least favourite of the King offerings by far, but interesting for what it was.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
joeycapps (1468) - Waterdown, Ontario, CANADA - JUL 19, 2006
Slightly hazy yellow-amber w/ thin ring of frothy white foam. Aroma of biscuity pale malts & herbal, grassy hops. Soft, somewhat grainy feel. Flavour is crisp, malty & decently bitter.

   AROMA 6/10   APPEARANCE 3/5   TASTE 6/10   PALATE 3/5   OVERALL 12/20
jercraigs (9872) - Toronto, Ontario, CANADA - MAY 10, 2006
UPDATED: APR 3, 2007 March 2007. Draft @ Volo. Bright golden yellow with a small white head. Big grassy, grainy aroma with funky noble hops. Flavour is similar, lots of grains and sweet pale malt. Moderate hoppy bitterness and grassy notes, straw. Average palate. Really did not care for this, I think largely because of the hop character which is just really not to my liking. If these kinds of hops are for you, then I expect you will like this more than I did. 6/3/6/3/12 - 3.0 <P>May 2006. Bottle @ Volo. Crisp yellow body with a small bubbly white head. Sweet grainy aroma. Strong fusel (?) alcohol flavours not unlike some of the malt liquor from a few nights ago but without the alcohol burn. Sweet pale malt with very dry slightly alcoholic, herbal hop finish. Average palate. Pretty rough at times, it lacks the depth of flavour to cover the rough edges. Comparable to something like Holsten Maibock? 6/3/6/3/12 - 3.0

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